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    The Employment Situation in Poland – October 2022

    According to the preliminary data of the Ministry of Family and Social Policy, in October, the registered unemployment rate was 5.1%. Compared to September, the number of job seekers fell by 4.2 thousand and amounted to 797.5 thousand.

    “We have not had such a low number of unemployed for 32 years. We treat the achieved result as a success, but it is also a challenge to make these numbers even lower. Adequate and responsible policy allowed us to protect the Polish labor market during the pandemic. We have allocated hundreds of billions of zlotys to saving jobs in this period. We are also consistently implementing strategic investments, which certainly translates into a low unemployment rate in our country”, says the Minister of Family and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg.

    The last time the number of registered unemployed was lower at the end of July 1990. Compared to the previous month, the registered unemployment rate remained unchanged (5.1%), and compared to the end of October 2021 it was lower by 0.8 percentage points.

    The best situation in October was in Greater Poland Voivodeship, where the unemployment rate was 2.8%. The highest rate was recorded in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship (8.7%).

    In October 2022 (according to preliminary data), employers reported 86.3 new vacancies and labour activation posts to labour offices, ie by 13.2 thousand (13.3%) less than a month earlier and by 34.7 thousand (28.7%) less than in October 2021.

    Comparing the unemployment level at the end of October this year to the end of February 2020 (before the COVID-19 pandemic), the number of registered unemployed fell by 122.4 thousand, and the registered unemployment rate was 0.4% lower than at the end of February 2020.

    Poland is a country with one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU. According to the data published on November 3, 2022, the harmonized unemployment rate, calculated according to the definition adopted by Eurostat, in September 2022 was 2.6% in Poland, compared to 6.0% in the European Union and 6.6% in the euro area.

    Thus, Poland came second, after the Czech Republic (2.2%), in terms of the lowest unemployment rate in the EU. Malta and Germany were third with 3.0%.

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